The purpose of this research is to examine how critically rethinking architecture through the lens of region can further
explore and develop the potentials of twenty-first century design. Specifically, it is meant to uncover and highlight current
architects that are able to create a cultural belonging and strong deference to a particular physical context without the desire to
design avant-garde form. The architectural community’s misconception in the value of such architecture demonstrates its fixation
and addiction to rule-challenging originality. If the discipline could shift its ideals to also emphasize place-based design rooted in
cultural understanding, there could be a dramatic and positive change in the way architects work and think. Critical regionalism
of Mexico has been studied through the work of well-known national architect Luis Barragán, but little has been researched or
written about the work of younger contemporary Mexican designers, such as Daniel López Salgado and Renata Elizondo.
Design in Oaxaca: Understanding the Architectural Process and Critical Regionalism in Mexico.
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